Books

My TBR for 2017

  I was delighted by how deceptively tiny this pile looked in the photo. Delighted! Until I remembered my to-be-read (TBR) pile for 2017 is the above pile plus last year's pile as I utterly failed to make much dent in it. I have high hopes this year though. So without further ado, I present to you... (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

2016: reviews and house-moves and TBRs – oh my!

2016 was a weird year. It was definitely a year that went out kicking, screaming and flailing its fists. The biggest thing that happened was easily moving into my new home with my fiance. They're not kidding when they say that buying a house is one of the most stressful things to do. They're really not. But we moved and that's the important thing. I did manage to achieve a few personal blogging goals last year. I did 29 blog posts and took part in my first weekly meme (The Broke and the Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday). I also branched out a little from just reviewing, with posts on my love for Gail Carriger's books, musings on re-reading old favourites, and I even posted a basic cake recipe. (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

Top Ten Tuesday Rewind!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week's theme is a top ten rewind, so I get to choose any top ten theme to revisit and I'm going for... *drumroll* My top ten favourite book quotes! I love, love, love when I find a fabulous book quote and I plan to use a few of these to decorate my future office. However, I'm going to hold my hands up and confess that I had to find the exact quotes on Goodreads - I'm in the process of moving house and all my books are boxed up (great sadness) - but I couldn't pass up on putting up some of my favourite quotes. So without further ado, on to the list! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

Books I’d buy right now if I had a fully loaded giftcard

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week's theme is 'ten books you'd buy right this second if you had a fully loaded giftcard' and this may be the easiest post I've ever written.   Seriously. All I needed to do was crack open my Amazon wishlist/saved for later list and it just wrote itself.   Just squeaking under the wire with this, so onwards to the list! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

My latest book haul

I haven't done a book haul post before, but I figured I'd acquired so many new books recently I just had to shout about them.    

Ones I boughtuprootedandbrokensky

I walked into my local Waterstones recently and walked out with Uprooted by Naomi Novik and Broken Sky by L. A. Weatherly. I LOVED the Temeraire series, so I've got high hopes for Uprooted, and I grabbed Broken Sky because you can't just get one book on a buy one get one half price offer. Although it did mean I spent about an hour wandering around reading blurb after blurb. It was an hour well spent I think! (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

My top 10 bookish delights

I'm taking part in The Broke and The Bookish's Top Ten Tuesday weekly meme and this week's topic is 'top ten bookworm delights'. This was a pretty perfect topic for me as I've been thinking a lot about what I love about being a bookworm. The reason? Well it's twofold really, on the one hand I'm in the process of buying a house (so I'm thinking about ways to redecorate and it involves LOTS of bookshelves) and on the other I'm getting married next year and I'm looking for little ways to bring my love of books into the ceremony. (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

Re-reading books: a do or a don’t?

In the interests of full disclosure, I've had this post drafted for about a week now, however, Kelly at Pub(lishing) Crawl beat me to the punch with her fab post 'Confessions of a re-reader' so you should definitely go read that too!
      This has been a really long, stressful week. My fiancé and I are going through the house-buying process (and if you're wondering what it's like...it's just faff, huge, endless enormous amounts of faff and money), work has been quite intense and my car decided to pack in on Tuesday - THANKS CAR! So I grabbed a book and read the stress away. But I didn't grab a new book. Oh no. I ignored my towering TBR pile and I grabbed an old one off the shelf. One I've read multiple times before.   I have a handful of favourites that I’ve re-read more times than I can count:
  • The City Watch books from the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett (Guards, Guards; Men at Arms; Feet of Clay; Jingo; The Fifth Elephant; Night Watch; Thud; Snuff)
  • The Parasol Protectorate series by Gail Carriger (Soulless, Changeless, Heartless, Blameless, Timeless)
  • You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me by Sarra Manning
  • Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (OK, I’ll hold my hands up and confess: for this one I know it so well I just skip through all the parts I don’t find interesting, eg the whole Tom Bombadil section and all the song lyrics)
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By InkyBumblebee, ago
Books

My not-so-secret love for Gail Carriger’s books

  I can firmly blame my friend Kirsty for getting me into Gail Carriger's books. It started with Soulless from the Parasol Protectorate series and pretty much exploded out from there as I motored through all her other books as fast as I could get my greedy mitts on them. Why do I love her books? To put it simply: werewolves and vampires in high society, with a hefty slice of humour, intrigue and treacle tart. All the books are such fun reads. Genuinely fun reads. Sure, there's the odd dip here and there, but on the whole, they're just so much fun. And yes, I realise that I've now said the word fun three times.  

How many books are there?

At present, there's three series that take place within the same universe. If you read by the release dates it's the Parasol Protectorate series first, then the Finishing School and now the Custard Protocol series. Chronologically it goes: 1) The Finishing School series (four books) 2) The Parasol Protectorate series (five books, plus a short story) 3) The Custard Protocol series (one book - so far!)  

Who are they for?

Technically speaking, the Finishing School series is for young adults and the other series are for adults, and you can definitely enjoy one series without reading the other. But! It does add a certain something to the reading experience to get all these little snippets of backstory and character building if you read them all. As a fan, I say READ THEM ALL!! Perhaps with a slice of treacle tart and a cup of tea on hand.   (more…)

By InkyBumblebee, ago
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